Top 5: Hastings Video
The best films to rent now.
Hastings Video is an anomaly: an independent video store that actually thrives. The reason? Its staff loves film and really, really knows cinema. So, what are its recommendations for the five best movies to rent that you may have missed? “Everybody had a lot of great ideas,” says employee Meg Beach-Hacking. “We’re some of the biggest cinephiles you’d ever want to meet. The hardest thing was narrowing the list down to just five.”
1. Drama: Cradle Will Rock (1999)
|2. Comedy: Running with Scissors (2006) |
If you haven’t read the bestselling book by Augusten Burroughs, know that it claims to be an autobiography of Burroughs, who had to deal with a crazy mother, an alcoholic father, and an even more insane psychiatrist. “It’s a deliciously quirky coming-of-age story, in a very indie-movie type of way,” says Beach-Hacking. “It’s a movie that I personally like to suggest for parents with older teenagers, because they can tell their kids, ‘Look, if you think your life is bad, just look at this kid’s.’”
3. Family: Secondhand Lions (2003)
4. Mystery/Thriller/Horror: Spider (2002)
5. Foreign: The Lives Of Others (Das Leben der Anderen; 2006; German, with subtitles).